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Friday, July 6, 2018

Avenue Q at Mercury Theater and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

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There are plenty of shows, films, and concerts happening this weekend. Here's some of what we recommend.

Fri 7/6- Sat 7/7: Fabled D.C. gospel yeh-yeh band the Make-Up play a couple rare reunion shows. "But the Make-Up excelled because they took all these complicated pieces and just made something fun, earning a reputation as one of the most exciting acts around for their call-and-response live performances," writes the Reader's Leor Galil. Fri 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, sold-out, Sat 8:30 PM, Chicago and Damen, $5 suggested donation, all-ages'

Fri 7/6-Sun 7/8: Let the Sunshine In. "The filmmaker [Claire Denis]'s skill in framing her protagonist's various trysts, moods, and dialogues, sometimes even setting them to music, is matchless," the Reader's Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote in 2017 when it was first released. Rated R. 95 minutes. Various times, various locations, see film listings.

Fri 7/6-Sun 7/8:
The Cher Show. "Cher's got her own bio-musical! "Written by Rick Elice, who also gave the Four Seasons their bio-musical, The Cher Show makes a sly subtext of the diva's triumph over talent," writes the Reader's Tony Adler. But it's Cher, so maybe go see it anyway? Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, 312-977-1700, broadwayinchicago.com, $37-$107.

Fri 7/6- Sun 7/8: Incredibles 2: Who’s afraid of the superpowered woman? Elastigirl does all the stretching in this sequel to the Pixar mega-hit. "With Incredibles 2, Bird adds a new threat: women in power. Elastigirl may be the center of the movie, going out to fight crime while Bob stays home and takes care of the family," writes the Reader's Andrea Thompson. Rated PG. 118 minutes. Brad Bird directed. Various times, various locations, see film listings.

Fri 7/6-Sun 7/8:  Growing up furry on Avenue Q. "With perky songs, video sequences, and Muppet-style puppets portraying most of the characters, this Sesame Street spoof illustrates such grown-up life lessons," writes the Reader's, Albert Williams. Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, 773-325-1700, mercurytheaterchicago.com, $35-$65.

Sat 7/7:
Chicago singer and poet Marvin Tate forms a versatile group that measures up to his compelling persona. "Tate conveys such authority and packs such a metaphoric wallop into his warped depictions of philosophical meditations on urban life that focusing on his technical shortcomings misses the point," writes the Reader's Peter Margasak. 9 PM, Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, $10

Sun 7/8:
British musician James Hunter makes a virtue of his consistent devotion to midcentury R&B and early soul. "Hunter’s creamy rasp is as effective as ever, and he delivers his sophisticated melodies with a relaxed swagger punctuated by abraded falsetto cries and wordless extrapolation," writes the Reader's Peter Margasak  8 PM, City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, $35-$45, all-ages

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